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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 13: (L-R) Opponents Ricardo Funch and Mike Pyle face off after weighing in during the UFC 142 Weigh In at HSBC Arena on January 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Training: A typical day of training consists of techniques in the morning with conditioning in the evening.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training four years ago after seeing videos of old UFC fights. I fell in love with it right there and never looked back.
What ranks and titles have you held? I’m the WFL champion in Mass, the XFC champion in Texas and the Superfight champion in Submission Inc. (grappling competition).
Do you have any heroes? Gabriel Gonzaga and Marco Alvan- my coach and friend
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything; it's a dream come true.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology
What was your job before you started fighting? Landscaping and construction
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple belt in Jiu Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Kimura
Favorite Striking technique: Knee